Men's Golf

    Indiana Heads to Fossum/Spartan Invitational

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Brad Marek is in the lineup for the second straight event at the Fossum/Spartan Invitational.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Brad Marek is in the lineup for the second straight event at the Fossum/Spartan Invitational.
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 19, 2006

    Fossum/Spartan Invitational (April 22-23)
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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Following a championship and a runner-up finish in its last two tournaments, the Indiana men's golf team will travel to the Fossum/Spartan Invitational on Saturday-Sunday, April 22-23, in East Lansing, Mich. The event will be hosted by Michigan State and played at the Forest Akers West Golf Course. Forest Akers West is set up as a par 72 with a yardage of 7,013.

    The event consists of three rounds, 36 holes played on Saturday and the final 18 holes taking place on Sunday. Ten teams will join No. 51 Indiana and No. 60 Michigan State in this loaded field, including Big Ten rivals No. 29 Northwestern, No. 33 Minnesota, No. 56 Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State and Wisconsin. Additionally, No. 38 Xavier, No. 48 Denver, Ball State and Toledo will participate in the event.

    Tournament play begins Saturday with a shotgun first-round start at 9 a.m. EDT. The second 18 opens with a shotgun start following the completion of round one. On Sunday, the final round commences with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

    This is the 39th year of the event, and the Hoosiers captured the team title in 2004. Last season, IU claimed sixth as former Hoosier and current PGA Tour member Jeff Overton earned medalist honors for the second straight year, sharing the title with Minnesota's Ben Greve. IU also won the championship in 1969.

    Participating Hoosiers
    Indiana will send the same team it fielded last time out at the Kepler Intercollegiate (April 15-16). Jorge Campillo (No. 1), Drew Allenspach (No. 3) and Seth Brandon (No. 4) make up the freshman contingent. Sophomore Santiago Quirarte will play in the second position, while senior Brad Marek will participate in the five spot.

    Campillo (72.21 avg.), Allenspach (73.76) and Quirarte (73.97) have played in all 10 of the Hoosiers' events this season and own the top-three averages on the team, respectively. Brandon (74.43) has seen action in eight tournaments, while Marek (77.22) will make his fourth appearance.

    Tournament Results
    Complete tournament results will be made available on the web at IUHOOSIERS.com following each round. Additionally, there will be live scoring for the final round available through www.golfstat.com. For more information, contact Jeff Keag at (812) 855-6209 or via e-mail at jkeag@indiana.edu.

    Last Time Out
    Freshman Seth Brandon shared medalist honors as the Indiana men's golf team claimed second place at the 15-team Kepler Intercollegiate on April 15-16. IU shot a final-round 304 for an 882 total (286-292-304), four shots short of the champion Northwestern Wildcats (298-284-296).

    Despite IU shooting the third-lowest round in the field, NU answered with the only sub-300 round. The Hoosiers also placed second amongst the nine Big Ten teams in the field and finished 21 strokes ahead of third-place Xavier.

    Brandon and Northwestern standout Kyle Moore (68-73-74) entered the final round even and remained that way after the final 18 holes. However, Moore won the playoff between the two with a par on the second hole. Brandon closed with a final-round 74 and ended the tournament at 215, a new career low and garnered the best finish of his career. Campillo Rolls to Victory

    Freshman Jorge Campillo joined exclusive company at the Boilermaker Invitational (April 8-9). The Caceres, Spain native collected his first career title by eight strokes to become the first Hoosier to win a tournament since Jeff Overton claimed medalist honors at the 2005 Big Ten Championships (May 6-8). What is even more impressive is he became the first true freshman to win an event since current assistant coach Josh Brewer was victorious at the 1995 Legends Intercollegiate.

    Brandon Shares First
    On the heels of freshman Jorge Campillo's victory at the Boilermaker Invitational (April 8-9), freshman Seth Brandon shared medalist honors the following weekend at the Kepler Intercollegiate (April 15-16). Brandon tied Northwestern's Kyle Moore but dropped the second playoff hole.

    Despite losing out on sole possession of the title in the playoff, it goes down as a share of first place for Brandon. The Dalton, Ga., native joins Campillo and current Hoosier assistant coach Josh Brewer as the only true freshmen to claim first place in the program's history.

    Freshman Record In Jeopardy
    With a championship and a tie for third in his last two outings, freshman Jorge Campillo owns a team-best 72.21 scoring average in 10 events. If Campillo keeps up his red-hot ball striking, he is on pace to shatter the school's all-time freshman scoring record. Former Hoosier All-American Jeff Overton owns the mark following a 74.45 (31 rounds) in 2002.

    If not for Campillo, freshmen Drew Allenspach and Seth Brandon would be battling to see who would set the new freshman mark. Allenspach is second on the team with a 73.76, while Brandon sits fourth at 74.43.

    Freshmen Sit In Second
    Following its runner-up finish at the Kepler Intercollegiate (April 15-16), the Indiana men's golf freshman class remained second place in Golfstat's Freshman Class Impact Ranking. The Hoosiers (498.209) trail Mississippi State (515.565) and hold a huge lead over third-ranked South Carolina (399.036). The four freshmen that have seen action - Drew Allenspach, Seth Brandon, Jorge Campillo and Brandon Pike - have accounted for 31 of the 50 total spots in the lineup during the Hoosiers' 10 events this year and hold a 73.71 average.

    Allenspach = Mr. Consistent
    Along with Jorge Campillo, freshman Drew Allenspach exceeded expectations with some brilliant play in the fall. The Sugar Land, Texas product netted five straight top-30 places en route to posting a 73.47 average, the third-best mark on the team. He kept pace to open the spring with three top-25 finishes before breaking out with a tie for second at the Boilermaker Invitational (April 8-9).

    He responded with a tie for 18th at the Kepler Intercollegiate (April 15-16), capturing his eighth top 25 in 10 events this year

    Back In The Winner's Circle
    For the first time since the 2004 Xavier Invitational (Oct. 11-12), Indiana claimed a team championship. The Hoosiers took apart a loaded 12-team field at the Boilermaker Invitational (April 8-9) at the Kampen Course (7,083 yards, par 72).

    IU finished the tournament at 882 (301-287-294), finishing 14 shots better than second-place Purdue (310-288-298) and 18 strokes ahead of third-place Notre Dame (307-300-293). The win marked the seventh title for the Hoosiers in head coach Mike Mayer's eight-year tenure.

    Campillo Big Ten Golfer X 3
    For the third time this spring, freshman Jorge Campillo earned Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors after winning the individual title at the Boilermaker Invitational (April 8-9). Campillo became the first Hoosier to collect the award three times in one season since current PGA Tour member Jeff Overton (2002-05) won the award five times during the 2003-04 campaign.

    The Caceres, Spain native claimed his second straight top-10 finish at the Orange County National Invitational on March 4-5 to net his second league accolade. Campillo closed the tournament with a 212 (70-68-74), just four shots behind the tri-medalists.

    In his first outing of the spring, Campillo led the Hoosiers to a second-place showing at the Club de Golf Santa Anita/North Texas Classic in Guadalajara, Mexico on Feb. 19-20 for his first Big Ten honor.

    Marek Making His Mark
    In his first action since the fall campaign (Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge, Oct. 3-4), senior Brad Marek came out blazing as the Hoosiers place second at the Kepler Intercollegiate (April 15-16). The Arlington Heights, Ill., native placed in a tie for 11th place, and the best finish of his career. Marek turned in a 224 total (72-74-78) to give Indiana three golfers in the top 11.

    Young Guns
    The Hoosiers boast a youthful squad in 2005-06. Only three seniors appear on a roster featuring five freshmen, two sophomores and three juniors. The freshman class has appeared in 62 percent of the lineup spots (31-of-50) in 10 events this season and 10 more starting spots went to sophomore Santiago Quirarte.

    Quirarte's Homecoming
    Sophomore Santiago Quirarte enjoyed a brilliant return to his home country after netting a share of fourth place at the Club de Golf Santa Anita/North Texas Classic (Feb. 19-20). The Queretaro product carded his third straight 71 to close at 3-under 213.

    Quirarte's finish was his first top five this season, the second of his career and matched his best career placing (fourth place at the 2005 Pioneer Classic).

    On the season, Quirarte is third on the team with a 73.97 average.

    An International Flavor
    Beginning with David Butwell (Southampton, England) in 2003, Indiana has welcomed an influx of international talent to Bloomington. Santiago Quirarte (Queretaro, Mexico) joined the Hoosiers last season, and Spaniards Jorge Campillo (Caceres) and Eric Serch (Barcelona) came aboard this season. Quirarte and Campillo have played in every event this season and will lead the Hoosier contingent to the Fossum/Spartan Invitational this weekend.

    Martin Signs NLI
    Alex Martin (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) has signed a national letter-of-intent to attend Indiana beginning in the fall semester of 2006.

    Martin, who is currently ranked the top junior golfer in Ohio by Junior Golf Scoreboard, led his team to consecutive third-place finishes at state and had the team ranked No. 1 in the city the entire 2005 season, which concluded in October.

     

     


       

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